find me elsewhere

Most of you know that I also write for home/school/life magazine and blog, and if you’d like to read all my blog posts over there, you can click the icon in my right hand margin. (Or click here.)

But there are two recent posts that I’d like to point out to you because they almost appeared on this blog. (Sometimes it’s hard to decide what to write for home/school/life and what to write for my blog, and sometimes the mental guidelines I use overlap!)

So if you’d like to see what I do all day, or, err, what I did all day last year (this year’s schedule is similar but a little different), please read At Home with the Editors: A Day in the Life of a Homeschool Mom.

And if you’d like to see how I schedule our daily lessons, read At Home with the Editors: Planning Daily Lessons.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to ask me! (Or requests! I always need ideas to write about!)

find me elsewhere

We’ve been doing a lot of painting & drawing this week! I’ll write about that soon.

I have neglected to update you on my posts over on the home/school/life blog these last few months, so I’ve got a lot here for you to read over the weekend. (If you want to!) 😉

Citizen Science Project #2: The Great Backyard Bird Count

Citizen Science Project #3: Budburst

Citizen Science Projects #4 & #5: Project Noah & iNaturalist

Citizen Science Project #6: Citizen Science Soil Collection Program

Stuff We Like: 4.15.16

Stuff We Like: 7.15.16

At Home With the Editors: Shelli’s Kindergarten

At Home With the Editors: Shelli’s 3rd Grade

Don’t Cut the Screen Time — Just Make Sure It Counts

Getting the Education I Didn’t Know I Craved

The Music Gap That Filled Itself

Summer Has a Mind of Its Own

If you haven’t been to the home/school/life website in awhile, I urge you to take some time there. The Summer 2016 issue is out, and it’s full of great stuff! Besides a blog that Amy is updating every weekday, there is a store with some free stuff (and some stuff for sell and more stuff will be coming!), a podcast that I’m having a lot of fun listening to (it’s perfect for geeky homeschool moms!), and some online classes! That’s right. Amy has lined up some spectacular folks to teach some really interesting classes to homeschool students, and there will be more where that comes from. So please check it out!

find me elsewhere

If you read home/school/life magazine (which you really should), you’ll know that I made a resolution that 2016 will be my year of citizen science projects! Today I posted my first project on the home/school/life blog. I hope you’ll check it out!

Citizen Science Project #1: Lab in the Wild

 

And here’s a couple of other posts I’ve written for the home/school/life blog recently. Enjoy!

The Most Helpful Math Games I’ve Found

Stuff We Like :: 1.29.16

find me elsewhere

Here are a few items I’ve published elsewhere these last few weeks:

Ideas to Celebrate the Winter Solstice on Short Notice — on the home/school/life blog

The Lazy Parent’s Guide to Holiday Cheer — on the home/school/life blog

Stuff We Like :: 12.11.15 — on the home/school/life blog

Gift Ideas for Kids — Barrow Journal

And you can find my article about Cloudland Canyon on page 72 of the current issue of Georgia Connector magazine.

Website Launch and Free Give-away

SUMMER15-coverThis has been an exciting week for me because after a long wait, home/school/life magazine finally has a brand new, shiny website! The magazine is growing up, and I’m thrilled to see it get the platform it deserves. Here are some of the highlights that the new website will have:

  • Subscriber accounts. Subscribers to the magazine will now have their own login/password, and they will have a virtual bookshelf where they can access all their past issues.
  • The home/school/life store. Now you can purchase a subscription, gift subscription and all the back issues right in the store.
  • Magazine content. This new site will have a section dedicated just to sharing free content from the magazine.
  • Blog. The blog will continue to offer the same great writers and content. You’ll find me there sometimes too. 🙂

To celebrate, this month the blog will be updated every day, and even better, we are giving away a FREE copy of the summer issue of home/school/life magazine. Until August 1st, you can go the website’s store and use the code OUTFORAWALK to download a free copy of the summer issue. You’re welcome to share this information with whomever you like too.

I hope you’ll take advantage of this and then let know what you think of home/school/life. Thank you so much for your support!

Find me elsewhere

I have written two installments in a new series on the home / school / life magazine. This series, At Home with the Editors, is a look into Amy’s and my homeschool. Though we feel strongly that every family has to figure out what works best for them, we also thought it might be a good idea to let our readers know how we do it too.

So, check out Shelli’s Homeschool for a snapshot of how I educate my boys and all the curriculum resources we have used thus far, and then read Shelli’s Project-Based Homeschool for a good summary of how project-based homeschooling has worked in our home and the valuable lessons I have learned from it so far. To read all the posts in this series (because Amy is writing some pretty helpful stuff too), click here.

Holiday Sale and Free Gift

w14saleI want to let you know that home / school / life magazine is on sale for the holidays. I think this is a great deal, and if you’ve been thinking about subscribing but haven’t, you won’t have anything to lose. (Current subscribers can also take advantage by renewing their subscription now.) A yearly digital subscription is just $10 from December 10-24th. That’s four issues filled with homeschooling how-to, family interviews, engaging features, unit studies, tons of book recommendations and much more. My feature for the upcoming January issue is on the science of happiness — such interesting stuff!

And what’s even better, if you subscribe, you’ll get a FREE issue of Art Together: Color, which is the e-zine I have blogged about in the past. I’ve found it very useful in my homeschool. Our art columnist, Amy Hood, does these e-zines, and she was kind enough to partner with us for this holiday deal.

Go to homeschoollifemag.com/elf to purchase your subscription, or just click the graphic on the left.

mindful homeschooling

Well, I promised I was going to announce it whenever I published something in my mindful homeschooling series on the home / school / life blog, but I think I’ve failed to do that. I’m making up for it by giving you links to all my posts so far. The last one was posted today. 🙂

Mindful Homeschooling: Find the Beauty

Mindful Homeschooling: You Have All the Time You Need

Mindful Homeschooling: Find Peace In Your Home

Mindful Homeschooling: Let It Go

Mindful Homeschooling: What My Children Have Taught Me About Pursuing My Personal Goals

I hope you enjoy them as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them.

home / school / life free issue give-away

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I was very excited this past weekend to finally meet my “boss,” Amy Sharony, and her husband, Jason, at the National Alliance for Secular Homeschooler’s inaugural conference in Atlanta, Georgia. We met there to help promote the magazine, but I was more excited about meeting them in person for the first time!  They are the sweetest couple ever! It was nice to see how enthusiastic they are about the magazine (because I am too!) and how they plan to keep it going. It takes time to build up everything we envision for home / school / life, and it can be frustrating when it’s basically just three people working on the major parts of the operation, but hey — we’ll keep working slow but sure and get it all done somehow!

I wrote about our meeting and what we talked about, especially some of our plans for the future of the magazine on the home / school / life blog, and I hope you’ll read about that by clicking here.

THIS GIVE-AWAY HAS OFFICIALLY ENDED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO TOOK ADVANTAGE!

But I saved something more fun for my blog readers! 😉 Amy and Jason had these little coupons made up for people at the conference that allows them to download the summer issue for free. I grabbed 10 of them, and I thought I would share them with you. So, if you haven’t subscribed to the magazine yet – maybe you’re not sure about it and you’d like to check it out first – send me an e-mail at shelli@homeschoollifemag.com. I’ll give the code for the free issue to the first TEN people who e-mail me before midnight on Wednesday night. So send me that e-mail now! If you know someone who you’d like to give the magazine to, send me an e-mail and copy them, and I will send them the code too.

New Mindful Homeschooling Series

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I’m happy to share with you a new blog series that I’m going to be writing on the home / school / life blog. It’s called “Mindful Homeschooling,” and I’m hoping that these short posts will encourage, inspire and give you a quiet peaceful moment on your homeschooling journey.

I’ll let you know when I publish new posts in this series. You can find the first one on the home / school / life blog today. Click here.